Bach Shop

We met Bach when we were about to leave Milan in October last year. We were selling our no-need-anymore stuffs. She came to our place to take a tent in a morning. We talked a little while and agreed to arrange another time to talk longer. She then went on her one day trip to somewhere. We soon left Milan, into the mountain.

Several months later, we were told that she had got a place in Corso Porta Ticinese in Milan, an undoubted popular spot pretty near city center. It was a great step forward for Bach from running online business to having a real shop in such a place. We were quite happy when she asked us to be her consultants on interior design. Moreover, Mi, who studied industrial design in school and works in a famous Milanese styling company joined us.

Composed by Bach (interactive design), Bach’s boyfriend Yuan (automobile design), Mi (product & styling design) and we two (architecture), a multi-disciplined team was formed. Continue reading Bach Shop

Rooming a Space

In a limited time of site survey, architect collects information by observing, taking notes, sketching, photograph, video, and so on. Returning to office, information were transferred into reports, diagrams and maquettes. Together with other more detailed information like photos, maquette, serving as the most integrated representation of the site, assists architect to grasp the site entirely. More often than not, maquette is physically separated from the site it represents in this working process. Continue reading Rooming a Space

Temp Space & Time-plot Ratio

homeshop, 2009

Elaine W. Ho went to Hong Kong for two weeks and left the work-live space of HomeShop on Xiaojingchang Hutong to Tao. As an exchange, Tao was asked to make the residency term a means “to finish a project here”. His architecture internship at the firm Limited Design consisted of working from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays including the commute, which meant that only sleeping hours were spent at HomeShop. As it happened, this project was inspired by just such a relationship between time and space. Continue reading Temp Space & Time-plot Ratio

Cold

We made Cold to celebrate Yoko’s birthday. Yoko had been thinking for having a pinwheel for a long time. Therefore we decided to DIY some and put them together in a meaningful way.

It was just another autumn-like summer day in Valsassina, wet and chilly. A trembling character came into our mind. It was 冷 (lĕng), a Chinese character meaning cold in English. We made it out of pinwheels and put on the wall where strong wind arrives. In this way it materialized man’s sensation of ‘cold’ in an interactive way, and at the same time make the room even colder… Continue reading Cold

Pausa Café

In response to the theme “re-appropriation” of MIAW 2010, we wanted to dig out some hidden values in the campus. In the building of architecture school, during breaks, people chat outside the classroom while lean against handrails, on which coffee cups or coke tins can always be found. People do it naturally. But the performance of handrail could be better. By just adding wooden boards, we found the potential of handrail lying in its width. Finally, it was proved to be highly welcomed. Continue reading Pausa Café

Emergency Shelter

In con­sid­er­ing easier and faster con­struc­tion dur­ing emer­gency period, we tried to min­i­mize an individual’s  pri­vate space into two insulated boxes, one ver­ti­cal and one hor­i­zon­tal — it is like something in between tent and sleep­ing bag. Boxes could be arranged in various combinations, hosting fam­ily in different sizes. Public spaces are naturally created. Continue reading Emergency Shelter